Archive for December, 2013

Christopher Nolan’s Mementos

He may makes blockbusters, but Christopher Nolan’s tastes lean more to art house cinema. So what are his films really about?

Peter Weir – Master and Commander

Peter Weir: 6 Oscar nominations, no wins. No other living director has been so denied the statuette. Does it matter?

The English Patient

Lyrical language and elliptical plotting can work in a novel, but don’t necessarily make for good films. Does The English Patient succeed?

The Social Network

Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay for The Social Network is lauded as dazzling. But a screenplay is more than dialogue, and that’s what makes Sorkin’s work so great.

The Journeys of Martin Scorsese

This video-essay celebrates the career of Martin Scorsese, showing how he has taken cinema as a means of telling stories and expanded it as a means of personal expression.

Shakespeare in Love

Because it beat Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan to the Best Picture Oscar, a lot of people don’t like this romantic-comedy. Is their prejudice justified?


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